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Tehmina Adaya Guides Santa Monica Icon, Hotel Shangei-La,
Through $30 million Renovation

"This 70 year old Santa Monica oceanfront property has undergone a complete renovation, but the building has maintained its thirties bones and art deco details throughout its 71 rooms and suites." 
- Departures, March 2009
“In a world of tempting contrasts, the Shangri-La Hotel is a place where visitors can come and reconcile their dichotomies,” 
- C Magazine

March 24, 2009 - Tehmina Adaya, real estate and music entrepreneur, took over Hotel Shangri-La in 2004. Adaya was appointed to spearhead the family’s vast businesses, which include this historical classic property previously owned by her father. Adaya has guided Hotel Shangei-La through its fabulous $30 million renovation.

Teaming up with Marc Smith, designer of the Edison in downtown Los Angeles, Adaya embarked on the ambitious task of turning what was once a star-studded destination into a timeless retreat, fashioned to draw in a crowd of A-list clients ranging from celebrities and the international jet set to business travelers, all of whom appreciate a Westside retreat that offers the best of both worlds.

Adding the hotel’s first restaurant, simply called The Dining Room, as well as a lush poolside oasis, and an exclusive roof top lounge appropriately named Suite 700, Adaya remained committed to preserving the art-deco style of the hotel for which it had become iconic.

Erick Jussen, producer for renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino says, “It is refreshing to walk into a renovated historic hotel and still feel the memories and personality it always had - a true rarity in this business”.

Hotel Shangri-La
1301 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Adaya's recent receipt of the 2009 Preservation Award from the Santa Monica Conservancy attests to her success in maintaining the historic beauty of the landmark. At the same time, she has created an atmosphere that is sure to send heads spinning throughout Los Angeles' acclaimed luxury and boutique travel market due to Hotel Shangri-La's modern ambiance, superior food and beverage, hip nightlife, timeless beauty and five-star service.

In addition to Hotel Shangri-La, Adaya owns So Sweet records, a recording label that works with the latest in cutting edge electronic music. Representing such artists as Le Castle Vania, Crystal Castles, Shinichi OsawaShinichi Osawa and Computer Club, the label has taken part in some of the most acclaimed music festivals. Those festivals include Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest electronic music festival in the United States, and, most recently, the famous Miami Winter Music Conference.

Adaya currently resides in Santa Monica with her husband and three sons.

Hotel Shangri-La will be having its grand opening in April 2009. Rooms are currently available by calling 310-394-2791 or by visiting


Cara Morrissey
Tel: 310 454 3080

Also See: The Santa Monica Landmark, Hotel Shangri-La, Reopening After a $30 million Refurbishment / July 2008


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